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What is it called when you can hear the thoughts of other people?

I’m not talking about auditory hallucinations common with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. I have had a unqiue experience this week – three separate times, and each time the person confirmed that s/he had been thinking what I heard but had not actually spoken. I don’t think it’s clairaudience, because that is defined as hearing messages from the spirit world. But this has to have a name. Anyone know what it is?


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  1. Telepathy
    Telepathy (from the Greek τηλε, tele, “distant”; and πάθεια, patheia, “feeling”) is the communication of information from one mind to another by means other than the known perceptual senses.[1] The word itself was coined in 1882 by the classical scholar Fredric W. H. Myers, a founder of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR). Considered a form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition, telepathy is often associated with other paranormal phenomena, such as precognition, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis. However, unlike psychokinesis, telepathy is a passive form of psionics

  2. Telepathy, Extra Sensory Perseption, Clear Sentience are a few terms that come to mind
    Here’s a site that might have the answers you seek.

    • It’s not wishful thinking. I never wished for this. And I certainly wish it hadn’t happened to me. There are absolutely people (including myself) who experience telepathy. It’s been proven.

  3. I truly believe that this can be a gift from God…one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit….however, you must be very careful and give the glory to God…..I wouldn’t be telling people….sometimes we lose our gifts when we lose our awe and humility……some people are very intuitive, a gift from God.

  4. I really get annoyed by telepathy because people think their thoughts are private
    I also caution that this power isn’t a sign of spiritual progress, just a big distraction

  5. Telepathy — someone said psychic, but there are many different KINDS of psychic. Hearing others’ thoughts is telepathy. Clairaudience is hearing information from any ‘supernatural’ force — spirits, or even from God him/herself.
    I hope that helps!

    • Yes, I have telepathy. Everyone says I’m very intelligent. One time I was on the phone with my gram, and my parents were right beside me, and I told my gram I can read peoples minds, and she started to laugh, and then I said I’m serious; And then she said, what number am I thinking of, and I told her the exact number, and then she said are you serious? And then I said yes. And then she said that was the number that she had in her mind, and that was the lottery number that her sister had on the ticket that was in her hand.

  6. Don’t know what it is Called, but when Two People get Close Enough, their Souls Over-Lap, and Thoughts can be Transmitted and Recieved if Conditions are Right.
    It can happen with the Eyes Too.

    • you learn to ask did you just say something and then tell them what you heard when they say no if it matches with the thoughts then you know

      • I have done that, then they turn around and say ‘ no you are imagining things. I didn’t say a word, or I spoke to the dogs, or to myself. Or the usual….are you going crazy. It mainly happens when I’m with my boyfriend. Maybe because I am extra aware, focused and really listen when he talks. Been heart badly in a previous relationship…..bad trust issues…so trying to figure out if he is talking the truth. From time to time, before someone answers a question, i know exactly what they will say.

        • I’m having this same thing happen now and I’m really wondering if I’m going crazy. How do you really know? And I hear conversations going on that aren’t around me and I can’t find anything about it on Google. I’m so lost.

    • When I hear something really loudly, I’ll ask the person what they said. I’ll tell them, “I thought I heard you say such and such”. I can usually tell by the look on their faces if I’m on the money or not. And most people will be honest and tell you if you’re right.

    • The other day my mom was downstairs and I yelled “huh?!” She didn’t say anything. I had thought she called me. Then she came upstairs, and I said what you say mom? She said I didn’t say anything. I said you didn’t just say Emily Ann? She said OMG Emily and did that prayer thing that Catholics do with their hands and said “ I just remembered you were upstairs and I thought… let me go upstairs with Emily Ann!” She never calls me Emily Ann . She calls me Em . I heard her thought. I don’t know when it is going to happen to me, but it happens. I answer peoples questions, and they say I was just wondering that. It’s amazing. I don’t know what it is, but I know we are connected!

  7. This has happen to me all my life.
    But not only with people (you took the words right out of my mouth)also with the radio and television.
    I don’t try to do it. it just happen from time to time.
    I just think some people are extra sensitive to wave lengths.
    We see , hear ,and think in wave length.
    Just research wave lengths.
    And don’t look outside your self for the answers.
    -Meditation is when god speaks to you.-

    • I have the same problem. It started with the TV and then progressed to being able to hear other’s thoughts. It flipped me out-happened the first time when I was 55 so I knew it wasn’t schizophrenia, was hospitalized for 10 days and started on meds. Since it started I’ve realized that I actually DO hear other’s thought and it’s not mental illness. The medications help me be able to block them out at times, but everytime I have the TV on, it’s non-stop. I hear word for word what is going to be said next, so I hear everything twice. No idea why this started at this point in my life.

  8. I experience this all the time where I hear people’s thoughts or intentions even when they try to control their body language and expression. I’m not sure if everyone has this ability or who else does, so to be safe I don’t even think bad thoughts of people, especially when in their presence. I”m a singer and when my audience interact and chat amongst each other I sometimes hear many conversations at once and then when I talk to them in a break, they just talk to me about the same subject. Its mysterious and amazing! This doesn’t happen all the time but often enough to make me totally aware of what I need to know. Maybe my guardian angel?

  9. Everyone who says that “we” who hear other people’s thoughts are “crazy” or “insane”, I wish you could walk in my shoes. I can tell you word for word what is going to be said next on a TV show that I have never seen before, including the names of the people on the show. When I first realized this, I thought it was a coincidence, then it kept happening. I spent 10 days in a mental hospital trying to figure it out, then when I got home I realized that I was actually hearing the thoughts of others (especially my husband). I have talked to my psychiatrist about this, and even he believes me. Please don’t tell people they’re “insane” because they do something that you have no knowledge of and don’t understand.

    • Lori,
      It’s good that I seen this post. I have the same ability or should I say gift. I started noticing this about three years ago. I can actually hear peoples thoughts. I told my significant other when I first noticed this and he thinks I am crazy.

    • I’ve experienced something similar but on an off over the years, and on a few occasions its actually saved me from some dangerous situations.
      Not quite sure why it happens so infrequently or what triggers it. I suspect in my case it may involve very intense emotions or intentions on the part of the other person which allow me to hear them. If you learn how to control this i would appreciate any suggestions. Over the years I’ve inquired with people studying to be psychologists and scientists and been told what I’ve described does not fit anything they’ve learned about in the field of in academic journals when it comes to psychological terms of illnesses.

    • Are you still able to do this and if so how do you manage it? I make people uncomfortable. I am certain they know what is going on in some way but can’t verbalize it and I can’t not do it.

  10. I heard my boss discussing how to terminate my employment with his boss, while driving to work 15 minutes away, good thing too, because I had to turn around as I had forgotten the work phone at home.

  11. I’m not sure the name but it happens when myself and someone are connected in some way. Or Paying full attention to one another. I also feel energy around me. I want to further understand.

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